Posted on 13 May 2016 by Sue Williams
After a lot of thought and considerable time delving into the complexities of IT, we have decided to remove the online shop from our website. We have discovered over the last few years that the vast majority of our customers prefer to deal with us directly for their purchases and it has simply been too limiting given the wide (almost endless) choices of book, binding and personalisation we offer, to point our customers in the direction of an online order. Every book we make is cherished – whether it be one of our products (a condolence book, a leaving book, a diary for loved godchild) or a leather bound novel to mark a very important occasion – and requires (and deserves) individual focus to ensure that the end result is exactly right. Apart from being able to bind any book obtainable, we are also asked on almost every occasion for advice and guidance on a range of related topics – book title, the most appropriate binding, the details of the message to be embossed, position and colour of embossing, colour of marker ribbons and headbands, colour of endpapers and so forth. And with our paper products (so often purchased for business or commercial use) we need also to offer a broad range of papers (by weight and colour) and frequently emboss logos and related corporate identifiers for which we need to assist with artwork and embossing blocks.
We hope that the removal of the shop will allow us to work more closely with our customers individually and give them far greater options than previously.
Posted on 20 February 2015 by Sue Williams
*Welcome to our first blog for our new venture Books by Metre We are enormously excited to be launching this new service and which we believe to be unique in the UK. Filling shelves with books has, historically, been quite difficult and the limited options available (many of which involve fake books or other pretence) have, understandably, not provided a solution in keeping with the creativity, sophistication and care which goes into interior design. Our supply of bound books available from Prometheus Bound Books has brought us into contact with many customers looking for shelves of books for interior design or display purposes and our Couture Covers range has been very popular as a way of meeting that demand. We therefore thought that we should offer a much wider range of covered books at affordable prices to allow for pretty much every scheme – whether it be just to fill shelves or to create a stunning, visual, feature.
On this site you will find numerous styles and colours of covers ranging from contemporary, traditional, vintage and also sets of books which, together, create a picture or image which we hope will enhance your interior.
Posted on 13 January 2013 by Sue Williams
A retailer’s delight or the right moment to make that meaningful statement to someone you love? It’s certainly true that retailers will take 14th February as an opportunity to introduce and promote almost anything that could possibly be regarded as a “love token” and shops abound with re-packaged articles, elaborate cards and numerous items carrying a heart design.
Most of us find it difficult to articulate passion, love and desire; the inability to communicate strong emotion is a universal problem and it is in order to find the answer to this – to find the right words – that we look for gifts that express, through image or association, the feelings that we want, so badly, to convey. The marketing slogan for a gift of flowers suggests that they can stand in the place of words but why not use words themselves to speak for you?Literature and poetry abound with hauntingly beautiful messages of love for those you love, miss, desire – there are eloquent words available for any and every type of relationship. In poetry Romeo and Juliet offers “My bounty is as boundless as the sea/My love as deep” and Elizabeth Barrett Browning ““How do I love thee? Let me count the ways/I love thee to the depth and breadth and height/My soul can reach”. From literature “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope” (Persuasion); “To love or have loved, that is enough.
Posted on 23 September 2012 by Sue Williams
Of course they do. On a coffee table, a bookcase, a wall of bookshelves, a library. For me, a room bereft of books is a sterile and empty space. Do they betray our innermost selves? Maybe. Who hasn’t had a quick peer at a friend’s shelf? Self-help manuals, travel guides, cookery books, enticing ‘coffee-table’ books on art or architecture, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, the latest Man Booker/Costa winner? And are they randomly displayed or arranged by author, by title, by colour? Fascinating.
And interior designers certainly seem to believe that books are a necessary element to complete furnishing any room.
Posted on 26 February 2012 by Marie Stevens
The shocking news today about Marie Colvin’s death will have affected everyone who values accurate news reporting and admires the selfless bravery of those who bring it to us. If it is not too trite to say it, hers was a useful life in the broadest sense and we all gained knowledge and perspective from her unbiased, truthful and fearless articles.
Today I received an email from a respected political commentator, a giant in her field and friend and colleague of the famous. A recent brush with the medical profession caused her to comment that she wished she could do something “really useful” with her life, commending, as one so often hears, the kindness and empathy of the medical profession. And that from someone whose wisdom, intelligence and insightful writing have certainly been more than useful in shaping political strategy.
So being useful is perhaps what we all strive to be? And such a difficult concept of course.